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If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska

By Heather Lende

Tiny Haines, Alaska, is 90 miles north of Juneau, obtainable mostly by means of water or air―and purely while the elements is sweet. there isn't any site visitors mild and no mail supply; humans can vanish with no hint and funerals are a group affair. Heather Lende posts either the obituaries and the social column for her neighborhood newspaper. If an individual is familiar with the going-on during this close-knit town―from births to weddings to funerals―she does.

no matter if considering the mysterious loss of life of eccentric fast Joe, who wore not anything yet a purple union go well with and a hat he by no means took off, now not even for a haircut; gaining knowledge of the main points of a one-legged girl gold miner's adventurous lifestyles; caring approximately her son's first goat-hunting day trip; staring at the awe-inspiring Chilkat Bald Eagle pageant; or ice skating within the shadow of glacier-studded mountains, Lende's warmhearted kind brings us inside of her small-town existence. We meet her husband, Chip, who owns the neighborhood lumber backyard; their 5 youngsters; and a colourful collection of quirky associates and friends, together with getting older hippies, salty fishermen, local Tlingit Indians, and volunteer undertakers―as good because the moose, eagles, sea lions, and bears with whom they proportion this wild and threatening land.

Like Bailey White's stories of Southern lifestyles or Garrison Keillor's experiences from the Midwest, NPR commentator Heather Lende's tackle her offbeat Alaskan native land celebrates existence in a deadly and breathtakingly attractive position.

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Traces from poem 1741, “That it is going to by no means come again,” reprinted by means of permission of the publishers and the Trustees of Amherst university from The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Ralph W. Franklin, ed. , Cambridge, Mass. ; The Belknap Press of Harvard college Press, Copyright © 1998 by means of the President and Fellows of Harvard collage. Copyright © 1951, 1955, 1979, 1983 by means of the President and Fellows of Harvard university. traces from Barry Lopez’s Arctic goals: mind's eye and wish in a Northern panorama, ny: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1986, reprinted by means of permission. fabric in a few of these chapters was once released in numerous shape within the Anchorage day-by-day information, the Christian technology display screen, and Alaska journal and broadcast on nationwide Public Radio’s Morning variation, visual display unit Radio, and the Alaska Public Radio community. lots of the “Duly famous” entries have been written by way of Heather Lende; despite the fact that, a few could have been written by way of earlier and current newspaper employees. revealed via permission of the Chilkat Valley information. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication info is on the market. publication ISBN 978-1-56512-656-5 compliment for in the event you Lived right here, I’d be aware of Your identify “Delightful.... The writing is straightforward but graceful.... A excitement to learn. ” —USA this present day “Lende deals touching tales approximately pals with whom she stocks marriage ceremony celebrations, potluck dinners, tears for lacking fishermen—all the fun and sorrows of relations lifestyles in a distant city. ” —People journal “[A] attractive, humorous, compassionate story.... while, every now and then, your analyzing is interrupted via tears, they are going to be the candy style. ” —Michael Perry, writer of inhabitants: 485 “Part Annie Dillard, half Anne Lamott, essayist and NPR commentator Heather Lende introduces readers to lifestyles within the city of Haines, Alaska... subtly reminding readers to include every day, every one chance, every one existence that touches our personal and to notice the wonderful thing about all of it. ” —Los Angeles instances “Dense and powerful.... Tiny jewels that, accrued jointly, create a gorgeous impression of natural, brilliant mild. ” —The Grand Rapids Press “This is whatever soft and brave—using dying as an advent to lives and loves and upholstery of group in a northern city. Heather Lende presents robust witness. ” —Seth Kantner, writer of standard Wolves “Heartfelt, homespun essays approximately existence. ” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer “Lende’s quiet voice resonates lengthy after the booklet is completed. ” —Booklist “A precise story of normal those who do amazing issues with (and to) each other in a single of the main appealing backwaters on the earth. ” —Tom Bodett “Full of pleasure and perception, humor and sobering fact. ” —Salem (OR) Statesman magazine “Written conveniently and empathy, this can be either approximately keeping a family in Alaska and approximately being at domestic on this planet. ” —Kirkus reports “Absorbing and reflective. ” —Library magazine “Lende provides a extraordinary feel of position. ” —The Oklahoma urban Oklahoman “Heather Lende is the ideal frontier guide—clear-eyed and big-hearted, tackling family members and group and lifestyles and demise with humor and wish.

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